Learn Japanese with Anime: “Encouragement of Climb” (Elementary Level)


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64% Great

This work is a short anime of 5-minute episode each. This work has a relaxed and heart-warming worldview. It includes the explanation of climbing tools and can serve as sort of a guideline for when you climb mountains. Even within a short period of time, the growth of Aoi, the main character, was also well-documented. This is a great work.

  • Story/Worldview 75 %
  • Character 80 %
  • Animation/Background 60 %
  • Songs/Sound 50 %
  • Originality 55 %
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1. Information

Encouragement of Climb

Title (Eng)Encouragement of Climb
Title (Jpn)ヤマノススメ
Episodes12 (1 episode is 5 minutes)
Aired Year2013
GenresSlice of Life
NextEncouragement of Climb Season 2



2. Synopsis

Encouragement of Climb

(C) しろ / アース・スター エンターテイメント

As a child, Aoi Yukimura adored mountains and was passionate about climbing. However, a playground accident left her afraid of heights, turning her toward indoor hobbies ever since. Unfortunately, now a shy and timid first-year high school student, Aoi has become so absorbed in these pastimes that she can barely socialize with others, leaving her practically friendless. It’s only when she runs into the lively Hinata Kuraue, an old friend from her climbing days, that things start to change.

Impulsive and high-spirited, Hinata insists on having Aoi join her in all sorts of climbing activities. Though reluctant at first, Aoi quickly finds that her time with Hinata brings back fond memories of their childhood and soon decides to start climbing again. As the return to her past hobby starts to bring her out of her shell, Aoi finds herself gaining close friends, taking on new challenges, and continuing to find her own encouragement to climb.



3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Yukimura Aoi (雪村 あおい, ゆきむら あおい)

Encouragement of Climb

(C) しろ / アース・スター エンターテイメント

She has shy personality and uses the simple polite phrase “です” or “ます” to people she doesn’t know well. She usually speaks like a girl high school student that is suitable for her year. She sometimes uses “こいつ” (that means the guy) in her mind against Hinata (It is not malice but an expression of a close relationship).


・Kuraue Hinata (倉上 ひなた, くらうえ ひなた)

Encouragement of Climb

(C) しろ / アース・スター エンターテイメント

She is bright and lively. She is a girl whose character is also described by how she speaks. Therefore, her wording also has a straight and powerful impression.


・Saitou Kaede (斎藤 楓, さいとう かえで)

Encouragement of Climb

(C) しろ / アース・スター エンターテイメント

Her wording is feminine. Her way of speaking has the characteristic of “xxx よ” or “xxxわ”.


・Aoba Kokona (青羽 ここな, あおば ここな)

Encouragement of Climb

(C) しろ / アース・スター エンターテイメント

Compared with general women, she has a little childishness in the way of speaking (primarily intonation).



4. Terms and Talking Contents

Japanese in this work is a standard language. The main characters are high school girls and junior high school girls, and they use the simple polite word “です” or “ます” to older people (seniors and adults). Climbing terms are the theme, so they frequently appear in this work. But, it is not difficult to understand them if you can grasp the context.

Besides, the main character Aoi Yukimura likes the keyword “女子力” (じょしりょく, femininity) very much. The word “女子力” is often used among Japanese women, so it may be good to know the meaning of this word. Frequently appearing difficult words include “遭難” (そうなん, distress) and “高所恐怖症” (こうしょきょうふしょう, high fear of high altitude) etc.

If you prepare these in advance, your understanding will be much more increased when viewing this work. “Encouragement of Climb” is a short anime of 5-minute episode each, so even if you watch 12 episodes it will be as easy as 60 minutes. Short anime is suitable for repeated viewing and listening, so I will recommend for beginners learning Japanese.



5. Difficult Term List (You should prepare for them before watching)

・Difficult Term List which You Must Know (They come out more than twice)

1そうなん遭難disaster; accident
2こうしょきょうふしょう高所恐怖症fear of heights; acrophobia
3とりとめもないかいわ取り留めもない会話incoherent conversation


・Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)

4とむらい弔いfuneral; burial; condolence
5ろくなめにあわないろくな目に合わないBad things keep happening to you.
6ひょうこう標高elevation; height above sea level
7こもれび木漏れ日sunlight filtering through trees
8したごしらえ下ごしらえpreliminary arrangements; preparation; spadework
9だしダシJapanese soup stock made from fish and kelp
10さんしゅのじんぎ三種の神器the three essential status symbols (e.g. cell phone, PC and digital camera); the Three Sacred Treasures (Mirror, Sword and Jewels)
11うなぎのぼりうなぎ上りrising rapidly (e.g. prices, popularity)
12ぼんのう煩悩worldly desires; evil passions; appetites of the flesh
13ひょうしぬけ拍子抜けanticlimax; let-down; disappointment
14おせっかいお節介meddling; meddlesomeness; nosiness



6. Elementary can Learn Japanese with This Anime

The content of the conversation itself is plain, and the variation of the terms used is very little. Because this is a short anime, you will be able to hear everything if you remember the 14 terms in 5. Difficult Terms List. In addition, viewers are also fortunate that climbing terms are Katakana (English). I will recommend this anime for the elementary level learners.


Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 4.7 terms/episode= 14 / 3
Difficulty Level8th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score37.6 points= 4.7 * 8
Comprehensive JudgmentEasyin 30.0 to 69.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerElementary 



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